From 2D to 3D and back again… Thank you Tangible Day!

And now for something completely different…

I’d like to introduce you to Blue! A tiny dragon wreaking havoc in my studio and the result of my first creative cross-over into miniature 3D painting and part of a project I’ve been working on recently.

Having painted miniature 2D for the last 22 years, it has been so much fun crossing over into the 3D miniature world a wee bit and learning about the fine art of 3D painting. Mainly, I’ve learned that it’s much harder to do than it looks! But very much worth the effort and hope I’ll never be too old to learn something new. ๐Ÿ˜Š

I’m so pleased to share this article I’ve written for Tangible Day, a fantastic blog site for miniature painters and hobbyists alike! I’m super grateful for the opportunity to do this so please check out the site as it has so much info available for those in love with the miniature realm.

The tinier the bird, the bigger the challenge!

Newest mini: “Bird on a Fence” (2.25 x 3.5 inches), acrylic on paperboard. I love painting wood and texture and this old barn was a lot of fun. The tiny bird on the fencepost was less fun and a bit more tricky!

When painting a bird this small (just a few millimeters), the goal is really to capture the essence and presence with just a few brush strokes as the extremely small area does not allow for much reworking, without distorting the image. Painting these little details can be trying sometimes but they always present a good challenge.

This little painting is available at Excellent Frameworks in Duncan BC.

MPSGS Award for Landscape – miniature painting

Miniature painting: “In the Heart of the Forest” (1.5 x 4 inches).

A big thank you to the Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society of Washington DC for awarding this miniature painting 1st place in Landscape for the 2022 international show. This scene features beautiful Strathcona Park on Vancouver Island. A link to the show is listed below:

https://www.mpsgs.org/MPSGS-Exhib.htm

West Coast Rhapsody for Auction!

This year I am delighted to donate the miniature painting “West Coast Rhapsody” (2.5 x 6 inches), to the annual MERS online auction (Marine Education & Research Society), in support of the tremendous work that they do. A big thank you to Jackie Hildering for sharing her beautiful photo with me as reference material for this painting!

If you would like to purchase this framed miniature painting, please follow this link to the MERS website to learn more about the online auction held Friday, April 22nd at 5pm until Sunday, May 1st at 7pm, PDT.

This is female Humpback Whale โ€œJiggerโ€ (BCX1188). Reference photo by Jackie Hildering aka @TheMarineDetective in her work as a researcher for @mersociety.

Below is a series of progressive images of the painting from start to finish. “West Coast Rhapsody” (2.5 x 6 inches), acrylic on paper board:

New year – new mini!

This miniature painting is another scene from beautiful Strathcona Park on Vancouver Island. It’s nice to get lost in the details of painting a forest or lake summer scene, particularly during this gray and rainy time of year here on the west coast.

This is the sister painting to “Walk in the Woods” (4 x 1.5 inches), another miniature shown below.

“Walk by the Lake” (1.5 x 4 inches), acrylic on board.

“Walk by the Lake” (1.5 x 4 inches), miniature painting with coin for scale
“Walk by the Lake” (1.5 x 4 inches), miniature painting.

“Walk in the Woods” (1.5 x 4 inches), acrylic on board, including a version with a quarter to show scale.

Last Mini of 2021!

“Walk in the Woods” (1.5 x 4 inches), acrylic on board. This painting is the first of two featuring the lovely Strathcona Park area on Vancouver Island, BC.

This is also my last miniature painting of 2021 and I’d like to send out a great big THANK YOU!! to everyone who has followed this site throughout the year; I greatly appreciate your time, encouragement and many kind words. Cheers everyone!

“Walk in the Woods” (1.5 x 4 inches), acrylic on board, with quarter for scale.

Adventures in Art and Miniature Paintings